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Director of Academic Counseling in the Honors College and Assistant Professor of Practice
Office website: https://honors.utsa.edu/academics/counselors
I am the Director of Academic Counseling and a faculty member in the Honors College. I am also an Academic Counselor who works with our students to assist with the development of their academic, professional, and personal growth. In addition to advising students, I teach several courses for Honors, I am the Study Abroad Coordinator, and I supervise the Honors Peer Coach team.
Born and raised in San Antonio, I attended Clark High School and later UTSA where I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I have Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Health, and a Master’s degree is in Counseling, and completed post-bac work for a high school science teaching track. Being a life-long artist, I was interested in Art Therapy and focused my studies in the field. During my graduate school practicum, I interned with the Tomas Rivera Center, doing work in academic advising, mentoring, and student learning assistance. This is where I found my passion in working with college students. I am a rescue mom, mega Star Wars fan, avid reader, and love being outdoors. If you can’t find me here, I’m either in the mountains, at the beach, or in Costa Rica!
I have done a lot of work with dog rescue organizations (foster, educate, adoption events), and I support other organizations such as Sea Turtle, Inc. In the work that I do, I believe that education is the foundation for understanding the importance, ethics, and impact service and civic engagement provides. I also have two active & athletic teenage boys, whom I have spent countless hours assisting local teams and organizations (team mom, program administrative tasks, equipment drives, field duty and preparation, etc).
I have been an artist my whole life, and even converted a room in my house into an art studio. I practice yoga several times a week, with Dr. Fleuriet, and go for regular walks outside…when it’s not so hot! We have some amazing parks and trails in San Antonio.
I love working in the Honors College. We have fabulous students, faculty, and staff. We have a unique environment and community, and we provide amazing experiences and opportunities for our students! What I love best is the a-ha! moment. Through teaching and advising, I get to work with students to help them see their potential and make the connections between their academic work, their passions, and their future goals.